The Ralph is a new independent state-of-the-art veterinary referral centre for dogs and cats. The hospital is located on Globe Business Park, Marlow and will be opening in January 2019.

The hospital will offer a fantastic range of clinical services (multidisciplinary), facilities and equipment. It will be home to a referral Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) service which will operate 24-7-365, as well as a primary care Out-of-Hours service.

About us

Meet the founders of The Ralph.

Shailen Jasani MA VetMB MRCVS DipACVECC

Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Specialist
Chief Executive Office and Clinical Director

Shailen graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1999 and after three years in primary care general veterinary practice commenced a career in Emergency and Critical Care (ECC).

Since then he has spent time working in both the referral and the primary care sectors. The former has included a total of six years at the The Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, Royal Veterinary College, London; the latter has included time as a primary clinician and as a clinical trainer, supervisor and mentor for numerous colleagues.

Since July 2014, Shailen has been working on plans for The Ralph while focusing also on providing ECC education to primary care colleagues in various formats. He personally founded and manages or is otherwise integral to a number of veterinary and animal-related projects:

  • The Ralph Site, a non-profit pet loss support online resource founded after the passing of Shailen’s cat, Ralph
  • Veterinary ECC Small Talk, ECC educational material aimed predominantly at colleagues in primary care practice
  • VetFOAMed, a database of free open access veterinary educational resources

Shailen has considerable experience in clinical supervision and training and in providing Continued Professional Development. He has published in peer-reviewed literature, is the sole author of a book on Small Animal Emergency Medicine, and has released an Emergency Medicine App. Shailen has been a Trustee/Director of Mayhew, London since 2011.

Iqbal Dhanji MBA Bsc FCA

Finance Director and Company Secretary

Following a degree in Computer and Management Sciences from the University of Warwick, Iqbal qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) in London, gaining exposure to both publicly listed and privately owned companies in a broad spectrum of industries. He then joined the International Audit Team at Bank of America before pursuing an MBA at London Business School.

Since his MBA, Iqbal has been the Chief Operating Officer of Naaz Investments Limited – a UK company with a portfolio of hotels, car dealerships and a business importing and distributing car spare parts in Portugal and Russia; the Finance Director of Mochron Investments Limited – a company that developed a banking solution for the unbanked in South Africa with rights to the World Trade Centre brand for several cities in sub-Saharan Africa; and with his wife, developed a portfolio of dental practices in the UK.

Iqbal has until recently served as a trustee of Exhibition Road Culture Group whose aim is to develop and raise the profile of South Kensington as a world-class centre of learning, innovation and inspiration in the arts and science.

Iqbal has spent many years serving in a voluntary capacity within the Ismaili community. He has served as a Member of the Ismaili Council for the UK with responsibility for all the community’s Outreach engagements with Government, Heads of Missions and leaders of faith communities.

He has also served for ten years initially as a member and later as the Chairman of the National Conciliation and Arbitration Board; as the Honorary Secretary of the community’s Grants and Review Board where he was heavily involved in budget and strategy reviews and management audits; and been responsible for leading congregational prayers at one of the community’s centres in London.

Iqbal now spends his time as a Business Angel, working with young, ambitious businesses that want to grow and develop into World Class organisations.